Sony is a company going through major changes - it recently announced plans to lay off 10,000 plus of its workers (some of those through buyouts), has instated a new CEO, and just had one of its worst fiscal years ever. It also recently ended its Android smartphone partnership with Ericsson, and plans to now produce handsets under its own name. It's a difficult and uncertain time for Sony, and the Walkman Z, unfortunately, seems to be an excellent microcosm of the company's larger problems.
If you're in the market for a new portable media player and prefer something powered by our little green robot, then now may be the time to jump. Best Buy is offering the 16GB version of the Philips Android Connect for $110 with free shipping for today only. This unit, which retails for $219 ($173 on Amazon), is the predecessor to the recently announced GoGear Connect 3.5.
The Gingerbread-powered Android Connect features 16GB of internal storage and a 3.2-inch 320x480 dispay, along with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and access to the Android Market, so you can load up all of your favorite apps.
When I saw the announcement by Samsung that they were bringing the Samsung Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0 portable media players to the US, I paused, and thought "Uh, why?" We have yet to come up with an answer.
That's to say, we're not sure what Samsung is thinking bringing a PMP (portable media player) product line into the United States, where the iPod Touch dominates that already-dwindling market to a laughable extent.